Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Hop Winner and Can It, Alice!


First, congratulations to Amante del Papel, who won the digital stamp or stencil of her choice from a2z Scrapbooking Supplies! Let me know your address and your choice of item and I'll get it to you soon!

Thanks to everyone who commented and is a follower of my blog—I appreciate you!

Second, here's my Alice in Wonderland project that was a reject from a mag submission call, but that I like a lot. The can was purchased at Michael's and I slipped in KaiserCraft Alice acetate. I backed the acetate with white cardstock so that the images popped a little more and a gift can go inside. I made the felt roses for the top with this oh-so-easy basic tutorial here.

I also made a name tag to resemble a tea bag with a letter sticker and white cardstock and an image of a teapot from the acetate, again backed by white to see it better. I even added a tiny staple.

I think you could put treats and a gift card in this, or even a t-shirt rolled up. Anything that's hard to wrap would work in this.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What Time Is It? It's Challenge Time!

I'm entering this little gift bag I made with my Paper Smooches stamps over at...get this...the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge here. If you're super fast, you can join me—the deadline is tonight! Here's the sketch I used for the panel before I attached it to my gift bag. I used both the Spookalicious and the Halloweenies sets. So fun!

And this bag is one I made using the Hero Arts Happy Birthday Grid Stamp. If you love Hero Arts too and want to join in the monthly challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies, you could win a $25 gift certificate! I stamped on white tissue paper with distress inks. The ribbon comes pleated like this and I love it. I love it so much, it's about gone and I have no idea where I got it. sigh. At least it looks good here!

Happy Weekend!

Friday, August 29, 2014

It's A Pooh Bear Post

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Seriously loved Winnie-the-Pooh tv specials when I was a kid...totally loved them. Now they are "movies" and we have them on DVD and my kids watched them too. I never saw the classic Pooh illustrations until I had kids and I love those too. When I found the die cut pack of them at Jo Ann's, I bought them. For no real reason or plan, but they make me happy. I made a tag with them for a Papercrafts Magazine submission call and although it didn't get picked for publication, I did get two things picked up for February's issue, so I can't complain.

Here it is, using a Prima tag, Lawn Fawn papers from a win from Heather Ruwe (thanks, Heather!), and a little cellophane bag and filler. 

The ribbon is glittery eyelash yarn and I have no idea where I got it, but Martha Stewart makes some. With her own two hands, probably, she might even card the yarn herself from the sheep she keeps. That woman makes her own marshmallows for cocoa...or her assistants do...but someone does and that is kinda weirdly impressive. I shall continue to purchase my marshmallows and yarn already made, however.

The word stickers are Tiny Text by Cosmo Cricket, also from Jo Ann Fabrics, and they are awesome as well.

Hope you have a great weekend and get a chance to enjoy Monday off if you're from the states. Yay for Labor Day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bunnies Make Me Happy

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This bunny die cut from Pretty Little Studio comes in a packet of small ones like this for $1.99 and a larger version for just 99¢. One of the tiny ones runs just 25¢ and that is hard to resist! 

For this card, I used my fave Hero Arts triangle die from a2z Scrapbooking Supplies to emboss on green metallic paper. I used the sketch from Pretty Little Studio's August Challenge. The sticker sentiment is from SRM stickers. The papers and the woodgrain stars are from Pretty Little Studio.

This card uses the same sketch and more Pretty Little Studio products, including the printed vellum in gold stars and mint woodgrain. Love this vellum, I don't work for them or anything, but I love their product and site—if you love vintage, cute die cuts, printed vellum or fun sequins, you'll love them! 

Happy Wednesday and join me in the challenge this week!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hop On Over Here, My Friend!

Hi, I'm Chark and welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts and a2z Scrapbooking Digital Blog Hop! You should be arriving from the talented Miss Chitra's blog. You can find the hop order below. 

Although I'm not an exclusive digi creator, mostly because I super enjoy playing with the supplies, I do love having the option of sizing stamps and layering them. And digital stamps are perfect for big projects, like making party favors, classroom treats or a lot of cards. 

Today I've used the Hero Arts Digital stamp sets called Astral and Spooky Labels to make Halloween favors. 

For the treat bags, I got the little bags from Michael's and I printed the starry sky from Astral Digital Stamps on my black and white printer. My sky is now a little spookier (although the blue is very pretty when I use my color printer). I combined two of the digi stamps from Spooky Labels to make the labels and added Diamond Stickles to my bats and randomly to the sky. 

For the glamorous favors, I used the Spooky Labels, black lace seam binding, purple sequin ribbon from Jo Ann Fabrics, diamond gems from Hero Arts, black grosgrain and white eyelash ribbons, and skull washi from Stampin' Up and dotted washi from Recollections.

The spider tops are from dollar store spider rings, with the HA diamond gems added with Glue Dots to their backs. I used Glue Dots to secure the lace as well. The font I used to put names on the spider labels is called Black Adder. I filled them with silver Hershey Kisses so they still looked elegant, but any candy will work.

Didja know—a2z Scrapbooking Supplies is offering a $50 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store?! The prize winner will be randomly selected from ALL comments received on the participating designers' blogs. The more comments you leave along the way, the better your odds of winning, so be sure to leave a little love at each blog, starting with this one! You have until Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:59 EST to comment on each blog. Winner will be announced on September 3rd. Good Luck!

Here's the hop order if you get lost.

Off you go to see what the super talented Ruth Bonser has in store for you...hope you're having fun hopping!

p.s. Additional Giveaway Alert—I'm giving away a free Hero Arts stencil or Hero Arts digi stamp set (your choice from the a2z shop) to a random follower of my blog. So, if you're interested, just follow the blog and leave me a comment letting me know what name you're following with—I'll close the giveaway the same time as the hop giveaway (Sunday, August 31 at 11:59pm EST) and announce a winner on Monday, Sept. 1. Check out the the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies shop to decide what you'd like if you win! International followers are also eligible for this prize!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fearless Friday

I am fearlessly going to post my very first scrapbook page from 2001. My husband and I decided to see all fifty states and it was his idea to see them in alphabetical order. I knew we'd need a scrapbook of our adventures, so I bought one and picked up a few die cuts. And now for the reveal...Alabama, please step forward.


What I love about this page is how stinkin' cute the kids are. I have teenagers now (although only one more week til my oldest is 20!) and I think seeing them as youngsters is one of the many benefits of scrapbooking. I had my daughter write and draw on the page too, just for history's sake.

For the first few years I did only the vacation pages, once a year. Then I got the bug and started making more pages of events, everyday happenings and celebrations. 

Here's a page five years later, where I handmade most of the accents. I watercolored the beach, doodled the words and played around.

I started spending time online and I heard how people had a supply "stash" and heard stories of organizing and purging supplies. I couldn't believe people had so much stuff they couldn't keep track of it.

Years passed and I have to say officially, I have actually purchased an item I already had because I forgot I had it. sigh. I have become a hoarder, a woman who loves pretty things and buys supplies "just in case." I don't buy jewelry or purses or shoes to get my fill of loveliness, I buy artsy supplies. 

And, you know what? I'm ok with that. I like my craft closet! I like my paints and inks and stamps and Stickles! I like knowing my kids and my friends will say, "I knew you'd have something I could use."

Scrapbooking, card making and other papery crafts just make me happy. They make me feel talented and competent and artsy. They make me feel creative and, when I make something, I can usually find a good use for it. So I am fearlessly showing you my first page because it was the first step toward the creative life I now lead and the outlet that made it possible. 

Things may not always turn out the best and I roll my eyes looking at my old pages, but I won't remake them to update how they look. They have a story to tell too, about our life and about what I've learned along the way. 

I think it's cool when someone likes my pages or cards, but here's a little secret—I don't make my scrapbooks for future generations and my cards have only a secondary purpose of wishing someone happy birthday. I make them because I enjoy the process...I make them for me. 

Shhh! Don't tell anyone that I don't actually care if the kids toss the pages after I've gone. I made them for me and me alone. Because I have a creative itch to scratch and it makes me happy to jump in and make something. I hope you enjoy your process too and don't feel a bit fearful of looking back at older art...even if you shake your head at the sticker sneezes you made once upon a time.

Happiest of weekends!
p.s. We're on M in the alphabet now of visiting the continental US in alphabetical order (we'll get to Alaska and Hawaii in time). There are a LOT of M states. Michigan is next year and I'm already planning the official scrapbook page.